Southwark (pronounced SUDH-ərk)

Southwark is a district of Central London, England, and part of the London Borough of Southwark. Situated 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Charing Cross, it forms one of the oldest parts of London and fronts the River Thames to the north. […] It is now at an advanced stage of regeneration and is the location of the City Hall offices of the Greater London Authority.



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Bracken House

Brendan Bracken, 1st Viscount Bracken, PC (15 February 1901 – 8 August 1958), was an Irish-born businessman and a minister in the British Conservative cabinet. [… ] Lord Bracken was also the founder of the modern version of the Financial Times.[2] He served as Minister of Information from 1941 to 1945. George Orwell was a civil servant under Bracken’s department during the war years.

IMG_1349Such was Brendan Bracken’s larger than life persona that he both intimidated and inspired many of his contemporaries. In one lifetime, to have been the model for the brash Rex Mottram in Evelyn Waugh‘s Brideshead Revisited, and George Orwell’s Big Brother in Nineteen Eighty-Four, speaks to the immense contemporary size of the man himself.

His best-known business accomplishment was merging the Financial News into the Financial Times in 1945. The latter was published from Bracken House, clad in pink stone to match the colour of the paper, just east of St. Paul’s Cathedral



Strata Tower

Strata SE1 is a 148-metre (486 ft), 43-storey building at Elephant and Castle in the London Borough of Southwark in London, England. Designed by BFLS (formerly Hamiltons), it is one of the tallest residential buildings in London and more than 1,000 residents live in its 408 flats.

Voted ‘Britain’s ugliest new building‘ by readers of  Building Design magazine (and thus the holder of the  2010 Carbuncle Cup), the 43-storey Strata tower in south London presents a distinctive outline with its three turbines fitted to the roofline. But do they ever move?

Strata, the first of three skyscrapers planned for here, is a symbol of the dynamism and energy the project demands. And that energy must, of course, be seen to be green.